‘The most important PM of the world is coming’: How Israeli press is reporting on Narendra Modi’s visit

Narendra Modi, the first Indian prime minister to visit Israel, said it was an honour to undertake this 'groundbreaking' visit to Israel. See how the local Israeli media is covering his visit.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: July 5, 2017 11:13 am
Narendra Modi, Benjamin Netanyahu, Modi in Israel, Israel media on Modi Prime Minister Narendra Modi right and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during welcome ceremony upon arrival in Ben Gurion airport near Tel Aviv, Israel, Tuesday. PTI Photo(PTI7_4_2017_000264b)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ‘historic’ visit to Israel commenced on Tuesday. He was received at the airport by his Israeli counterpart Benjamin Netanyahu, who called him “my friend” and welcomed him saying, “Aapka swagat hai, mere dost”. Modi, the first Indian prime minister to visit the country, said it was an honour to undertake this ‘groundbreaking’ visit to Israel. The two countries are celebrating 25 years of diplomatic relations.

On his first day in Israel, PM Modi visited the Danziger flower farm, where a fast-growing Israeli Chrysanthemum flower was named in his honour. Later, he was taken to Yad Vashem, to honour the memory of the victims of The Holocaust. Here, he raised the issue of terrorism, saying, “Yad Vashem tells us that those who believe in humanity and civilised values must come together and defend it at all costs. As such, we must resolutely oppose the evils of terrorism, radicalism and violence that plague our time.” Modi, accompanied by Netanyahu, later made an unscheduled visit to Mt Herzl in Jerusalem to pay their respects to the modern Zionism founder Theodore Herzl.

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See how the Israeli media reported PM Modi’s visit on Wednesday morning:

The Jerusalem Post:

Narendra Modi, Benjamin Netanyahu, Modi in Israel, Israel media on Modi The front page of the Jerusalem Post on Wednesday.

The front page of the Jerusalem Post also ran two more articles titled ‘Indian, Israeli partners advance multi million dollar radar collaboration’,  and ‘Don’t turn Modi into Rabbi Rick Jacobs’. The latter, an analytical piece, says: “Modi has embarked on an ambitious plan to lift his nation to a new level, and he has identified Israel as a country that can help him do that. Which is flattering. But let’s be realistic. The ability and resources of a country of only 8.3 million people, with plenty of its own challenges to deal with, can only go so far.”

Interestingly, the Jerusalem Post has a sub-section on its homepage, titled ‘Modi’s visit’, with all related coverage.


Narendra Modi, Benjamin Netanyahu, Modi in Israel, Israel media on Modi Haaretz

In this editorial by The Haaretz, the writer discusses the alleged Iranian attack against Israeli diplomats in New Delhi in 2012 which is being “covered up and made to go away” by the Indian government.

He writes: “There is terror that the Indians are not anxious to discuss… Ahead of Modi’s visit the Foreign Ministry treated questions about India’s conduct in the attack like radioactive waste. ‘The government of India is not covering up the investigation of the attack,’ Ambassador Carmon said when asked about it in a press briefing. But off the record, senior officials in the defense establishment and the Foreign Ministry concede that the issue has been covered up and made to go away by the Indians, who acted anemically toward the Iranians due to a long list of other interests that were more important. The Indians, who maintain close ties to Tehran in the areas of trade and energy, politely asked the Iranians not to commit any more attacks on Israeli targets in India, and swept the matter under the rug.”

The Times of Israel:

Narendra Modi, Benjamin Netanyahu, Modi in Israel, Israel media on Modi The Times of Israel coverage of PM Modi’s first day in the country.

A blog in The Israeli Times says PM Modi’s visit to Israel may be opportune to discuss Chabahar, an Iranian city where India wants to build a port to establish its defence presence. The writer argues: “Israel seeing eye-to-eye with Iran is unlikely given their past and the recent Saudi-Qatar rift. However, Israel is actively looking to further its relations with India. In that context, whatever benefits India may, in turn, benefit Israel, even if indirectly through Iran.”


Israeli daily ‘The Marker’ in an article titled ‘Wake up: the most important PM of the world is coming’, discussing ties between India and Israel. It added that in contrast to US President Donald Trump, who “didn’t say much”, Modi, a leader of 1.25 billion people, deserves a lot of attention. Read: List of Narendra Modi’s engagements in Israel on Wednesday. Click here.

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  1. I
    Jul 5, 2017 at 6:38 pm
    PM Modi is a leader who does his job to perfection and respects the position.He is taking solid even if seemingly unpopular decisions at the time to benefit India and Indians in the long run.He ishonest,committed and austere and DECISIVE.
    1. R
      Jul 5, 2017 at 3:24 pm
      The way he hugs every world leader and projects himself as b ambassador of toilets, he is certainly the most 'Haggu'(defecating) PM and not the most important PM of India.
      1. B
        Bert Brech
        Jul 5, 2017 at 3:06 pm
        The Palestinians and other Arabs have always sided with Pakistan against India and either openly supported China against India or refused to side with India. All the boundless sycophancy with which Indian governments larded the Arabs starting with Nehru never changed the Arab position of opposing India. All that lionising of Nasser ! Israel, by contrast, even though India always kept it at arms length and until recently did not even have full embassy level relations with it, always sided with India against Pakistan, and rushed emergency supplies to arms to India in 1962 during the Chinese invasion of India. Even then Nehru at first wanted the Israeli aircraft bringing the arms not to have Israeli signs on them so as to avoid offending Muslims and Arabs ! Ben Gurion said: No Israeli signs, no arms. The gutless Nehru of course gave in at once. So Israel has been a great and true friend of India. The only question is, does India deserve it.
        1. M
          Jul 5, 2017 at 2:46 pm
          Modi-hug going to be famous by its own right that backed up with its own sincerity.
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            1. R
              Jul 5, 2017 at 2:57 pm
              PLEASE contact shobha de.she is in dire need of money.post gst she couldn't afford a plate of idlis.
            2. V
              Jul 5, 2017 at 1:11 pm
              Refer to comment of Mohammed Ismail. Mr. Ismail should understand that no one has a right to impose his or her faith on others. Jews have no problem with Old Testament but they are awaiting new testament. Christians and Muslims have no problem with Old Testament but have their respective new Testament. Hindus are indifferent to both old and new Testament. It is only persons like Mr. Ismail who want to impose their new Testament on others and would like to kill/maim whoever resists in the name of "caliphate" or whatever. Also it is persons like Mr. Ismail who label Jews or Hindus as anti-muslims. The question is why the overwhelming desire to impose and if resisted - call them anti-muslims. Strange, illogical.
              1. H
                Jul 5, 2017 at 12:29 pm
                "The most important PM of the world is coming" LOL! Marketing eScum spinning their BS.
                1. A
                  Against traitors
                  Jul 5, 2017 at 12:48 pm
                  Hihihi ! Apply burnol and drink jelusil
                  1. M
                    madhukar nikam
                    Jul 5, 2017 at 1:50 pm
                    mirchi lagi to mai kaya karo......
                    1. S
                      Jul 5, 2017 at 1:58 pm
                      comment from Porki
                    2. M
                      Mohammed Ismail
                      Jul 5, 2017 at 12:20 pm
                      The enemies of Muslim... Welcoming each other's..
                      1. S
                        Sanjeev Sharma
                        Jul 5, 2017 at 12:59 pm
                        You first decide are you a Muslim or Indian first? Israel is am enemy of Muslims outside India, if Israel is friend of India it means it is friend of Indian Muslims too....
                        1. M
                          madhukar nikam
                          Jul 5, 2017 at 1:51 pm
                          very well put my friend!
                        2. R
                          Rajdeep Anand
                          Jul 5, 2017 at 1:33 pm
                          India will do what is in its interest as a Nation and its security and not those of a certain section of its community. Developing an enduring relationship IS in the interests of India. And so comments like yours are irrelevant!To be ignored for sure!!
                          1. S
                            Jul 5, 2017 at 1:59 pm
                            Yes Indeed. We (India) and Israel are enemies of rogue muslims and not enemy of innocent muslims.
                            1. A
                              Atul Sapre
                              Jul 5, 2017 at 4:07 pm
                              When you occupy territory you are a rogue not the ones trying to throw you out!
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